Now retired, Gary Neville believes that Rafael da Silva has all the attributes to keep as Manchester United’s first choice right-back for years to come.

“He’s more than capable of going on to become United’s right-back for many, many years,” he told the official site. “His performances in the last six months in particular have been brilliant. He’s matured and really come of age. I remember when I was young defender you need that time to mature and get experience. Rafael’s always had ability – he gets to the ball quickly, he’s aggressive, he defends his position well, he’s tough, courageous, good on the ball and provides energy in attack, but he’s really developed in the last six months with games and experience. He has a great attitude too.”